Winnipeg senior making recovery after being hit by semi

A 90-year-old Winnipeg man is making an incredible recovery in hospital after being hit by a semi two weeks ago.

90-year-old man hit at Portage Avenue and Berry Street while trying to cross street

Hank "the Tank" Bjork, 90, is making an incredible recovery in hospital after being hit by a semi two weeks ago at a Winnipeg intersection. 2:02

A 90-year-old Winnipeg man is making am incredible recovery in hospital after being hit by a semi two weeks ago.

Hank “The Tank” Bjork was crossing Portage Avenue at Berry Street when a semi struck him and pinned him underneath it.

Emergency crews rushed Bjork to hospital in critical condition, and now, Bjork is doing, “Pretty good,” he says.

Bjork has a broken back and a broken elbow but is in good spirits.
Friends of Hank Bjork at the St. James Legion say they hope he'll return soon. (Meagan Fiddler/CBC)

He said he doesn’t remember much about the accident.

“I can remember this front end of — this radiator — coming at me, and I yelled. Then the lights went out,” said Bjork.

 “Hank the tank got hit by a tanker — a semi-trailer I guess,” he said.

Meanwhile, his friends in St. James are counting the days until Bjork gets better.

Bjork regularly watches snooker at the St. James Legion and is missed by just about everyone there.

“Most of the old guys are kind of grumpy, but Hank, he always had a smile on his face,” said Perry Blaine, a friend of Bjork’s.

So well liked, people in the neighbourhood would often look out for him crossing the street.

The 90-year-old regularly crossed Portage at Berry and often took two rounds of lights to get across the intersection.

“It was always a worry for some of us, to see if he would get across,” said friend Charles Nelson.

The pair can’t believe Bjork survived the crash, and they’re not alone.

“I can’t believe it myself,” Bjork said on Tuesday.


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